Budget Recipe: Lasagne
Meat sauce
  • 500g minced beef (£1.99)
  • 1 onion, chopped (6p)
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed (4p)
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced (21p)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (31p)
  • 1tbsp tomato puree (4p)
  • 1 beef stock cube (2p), dissolved in 250ml hot water
  • 1tsp mixed herbs (2p)
  • 1tsp sugar (1p)
  • salt and pepper to season (1p)
  • 1tbsp oil (2p)
White Sauce
  • 50g butter/marg/spread (10p)
  • 50g plain flour (2p)
  • 500ml milk (22p)
  • pepper (1p)
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese (24p)
  • 10 lasagne sheets (26p)
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese for the top (24p)
£3.82 total – 96p each (plus we always have at least one lunchtime size portion as left overs)
  1. Add the oil to a big based pan and gently fry to the onion and garlic.
  2. Once the onions have turned translucent, add the beef and brown.
  3. Add all the other ingredients, stir and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. For the white sauce, in a separate pan, gently melt the butter then add the flour and mix in.
  5. Stir in the milk, a little at a time to make sure no lumps appear.
  6. Once all the milk has been added, continue to stir and it will thicken after a few minutes.
  7. When thick, remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.
  8. To make the lasagne, add about a third of the meat sauce to the bottom of an oven proof dish. Add the a few lasagne sheets on top to cover then a third of the white sauce. Then repeat – meat, sheets, sauce twice more and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  9. Bake in the centre of a 180C preheated oven for 45 minutes.
We used about 10 sheets for our dish but you may need to use slightly more or less. We served our lasagne with a little salad (22p per 80g portion).

Prices are correct at time of cooking and are based on supermarket basic label, where they were available. We don't shop at one supermarket and shop around to get the best bargains.
Recipe by Skint Dad at https://skintdad.co.uk/budget-recipe-lasagne/